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Mineola Memories

Written by Jack Garland Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00

The Kid Up The Street

Friendships often start with schoolyard associations, chance encounters, and, today, via computer.  It is a rare occurrence for a friendship to begin as the result of a grudge.

In the late 1940s, one of our neighboring families decided that they detested everyone within sight of their house.  One evening, they systematically knocked on the door of every home on the block and announced, “We’re going to move and we’re selling the house to Jews!” That’s all anyone needed to hear.

A short time afterwards, my parents told me that soon I would have some new friends, a boy slightly younger than me and a girl two years older.  They mentioned that the family was Jewish, to which I responded, “That’s nice.  Um… what’s Jewish?” They merely said that this family goes to church on Saturday and the men wear hats in church.   

The Greene family brought a welcome change. 

 

Letter: A Word From Superintendent Dr. Elaine Kanas

Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
Willets Road Concert

I had the incredible pleasure of attending my first Willets Road Winter Concert last week. It was really quite extraordinary to think that our 11 and 12-year-old students gave such beautiful and disciplined performances. Congratulations to all the students who worked so hard to provide such a special evening. Congratulations must also be given to the Willets Road music teachers, Denise Giuliano, Scott Hoefling and Karen Brandine, whose instructional skill and commitment laid the cornerstone for our students’ achievement. Thank you, of course, to the Willets Road administration, Steve Kimmel and Danielle Gately, all the Willets Road teachers and the parents who continue to support and encourage our students in finding and developing new talents and interests.  And while we are talking about music, last week’s fourth-grade chorus concert was similarly spectacular. Congratulations to music teacher Ed Lattari and his students for a wonderful experience. Again, thanks to Jim Bloomgarden, James Foy, North Side’s staff and all the parents who encourage our students’ artistic passions.

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Wine Lovers – The store is small but the selection is terrific. Williston Park Wine and Liquor at 609 Willis Avenue belongs to Mariusz and Joanna Keczmer. They have a fine collection of affordable quality wines in every price range as well as scotches, ryes, vodkas, and rums. They have free delivery and specialize in wines and liquors for weddings, communions, engagements and other occasions. Both Keczmers are excellent tennis players. Mariusz likes people and people like him. That is probably whey they have such a good business. Their number is 746-8555.

 

Letter: From The EWSD Schools Superintendent

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00
2013-14 School Calendar

We finally received the last piece of information we were waiting for from New York State in order to finalize the 2013 -14 East Williston School District calendar!  The 2013-14 school calendar was approved by the Board of Education at their Jan. 22 monthly business meeting and is now posted on our website at www.ewsdonline.org on the homepage (click on the calendar tab or news box item to view the calendar).  Due to the Regents exam calendar, school will end later next year, June 26.   Students will also start later next year.  While staff will be back on Tuesday (Sep. 3) and Wednesday (Sept. 4) for two Superintendent’s Conference Days, and schools will be closed for both staff and students on Sept. 5 and 6 for Rosh Hashana, students will return on the first day of school, Sept. 9.   A third Superintendent’s Conference Day is planned for Nov. 5, Election Day, when school will be closed for students.  Superintendent’s Conference Days are used for staff training.  We are certainly hopeful that in 2013-14 we will not experience weather conditions like we did this year with Hurricane Sandy and the follow-up snowstorm. However, if we were to experience more than five days of closings next year, we would need to “take back” some vacation days from the calendar, as we did this year. In order to help you with your planning, we have identified the days to be used as make-ups, in the order we would use them. The order of the make-up days are as follows: Dec. 23, 2013, Feb. 21, 2014, Feb. 20, 2014, Feb. 19, 2014, Feb. 18, 2014, April 22, 2014 and April 21, 2014. These dates are also posted with the 2013-14 calendar on the website.

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00

Is Belmont Cosmos Country?

Do you recall being in one room and hearing the theme music for your favorite television show emanating from the living room?  I liken it to a trumpet call as we scrambled to take our places in front of the old boob tube. 

For me, and maybe many of you, I can still recall the distinctive beat that summoned me weekly to WOR (we knew it simply as channel 9) to watch the bad boys of soccer – the New York Cosmos.  

This was the team that broke New York and really, North America, onto the world soccer scene; a team that imported world-class athletes like Georgio Cinaglia, Franz Beckenbauer, and of course, the immortal, Pele.  Until that time, soccer was virtually non-existent in the United States, a game our parents tried to dial in on the fuzzy UHF in vain.  

 

Letter: Calling Tom Suozzi

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

The upcoming election for Nassau County Executive is extremely important for the future of Nassau County.  The election is especially crucial for young residents who hope to stay and raise their families in Nassau.  

Under Ed Mangano’s control, Nassau County has reached an all time low.  Mangano’s mismanagement over the past three years has resulted in disastrous outcomes for our residents.

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 59 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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“Tough and no nonsense” was the way people described Lud Odierna during his time as mayor of Williston Park, 2006 to 2010. He was elected with great enthusiasm, but four years later many people were glad to see him go. People either liked him a lot or not at all. Lud is a distinguished mortgage broker. He was the vice president of L.I. Mortgage Officers Society. Lud was the chairman of the Mortgage Finance Committee. He appeared before Congress to testify on behalf of the industry. He and his daughter Ursula own Custom Funding on East Second Street.

 

Letter: Thank You To The Mineola Fire Department

Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00

 Close relatives would like to express thanks to the wonderful memorial that the Mineola Fire Department gave our beloved Mary Zoffranieri. From the first night of her wake to the time of her entombment at Holy Rood Cemetery, the Mineola Fire Department never left her side.

It was such a comfort for her family to witness such a touching experience to a wonderful person. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all at Mineola Fire Department.

From the family of 

Mary Zoffranieri

 

From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins

Written by Jack Martins Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00

Cuomo’s Gun Proposal Not Adequate To Meet the Task 

There’s been a lot of talk about gun control lately but not enough thinking.  It’s an understandable knee-jerk reaction to the heartbreaking massacre at Newtown, CT that has jolted us into action on gun-violence, but we must guard against the ideologues on both the left and the right who seek to hijack the discussion with nonsense that is neither grounded nor realistic.  This issue is too important and the sensible people in the middle must resist being crowded out. 

This is a rare moment of national accord, when most people agree that something must be done, and we simply cannot squander this opportunity with legislation that doesn’t work.  Now is the time to logically and realistically assess the situation and design effective laws that will actually keep us safer. 

 

Around The Town With Lou

Written by Lou Sanders Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 58 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

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Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints, the Morman Church which opened at the corner of Second Street and Willis Avenue is the fifth house of worship on this street. The Catholic Church is here, the Lutheran, Temple Sholam Chabot and The Grace Church. We can see why Willis Avenue is called “The Street of Churches.”

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